Mike Bloomberg, Geoff Canada, Donna Karan and More Join Town & Country for Inaugural Philanthropy Summit May 28

Michael R. Bloomberg, Chelsea Clinton, Trudie Styler, Donna Karan, Hunter Biden and More Join Town & Country Editor in Chief Jay Fielden for a Day of Groundbreaking Discussion on the Subject of Giving

Summit Kicks Off on May 27 With Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the Premiere of ‘Generosity of Eye,’ the Story of William Louis-Dreyfus’ Art Collection and the Plan to Support the Harlem Children’s Zone

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Gotham Mag Names 6 Designers Who Give Big

Today, Gotham magazine highlights 6 designers who give big.  The article by Stephanie Murg, focuses on these designers’ creative fashion of giving by raising awareness and funds for causes near and dear to their hearts.  Causes range from preserving NYC landmarks and providing for the city’s foster children to projects across the globe to fight hunger.

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Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only,” said Coco Chanel. “Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” For these six masters of runway and retail—Zac Posen, Donna Karan, Elie Tahari, Diane von Furstenberg, Rachel Roy, and Michael Kors—fashion also exists in the way that they give. Their commitments to a range of causes, from efforts to preserve New York City landmarks and provide for the city’s foster children to projects in Africa that address the global plight of hunger, are deeply personal. In addition to cash contributions, they’re also pioneering fresh, creative approaches to raise awareness and much-needed funds. “Philanthropy and commerce are a powerful combination,” says Karan. “It’s addressing and dressing at the same time.”

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Fresh Off the Carpet: What DVF, Tory Burch, Tom Ford and More Wore

Designers don’t just hide behind the scenes dressing Hollywood royalty!  Check out pics of them getting in on the action from the carpet at the annual Vanity Fair Oscar After-Party.  And it wouldn’t be Haute Giving if I didn’t let you know the charities and causes they support.

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Zac Posen and Naomi Campbell

Posen has focused his philanthropic attention on arts and education organizations, including TeachersCount and the Metropolitan Opera; another passion is New Yorkers for Children

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Vera Wang

Last year, the former competitive figure skater (who knew?!) was honored by Figure Skating in Harlem at its annual Skating with the Stars event. Wang skated at the event that benefited the non-profit which provides girls with skating and educational opportunities to help build their self-worth.

During her Fall 2013 RTW show she auctioned off two tickets to her runway show.  Proceeds from the auction went to The Promise Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping under-served children with learning disabilities get the support they need to learn.

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The Tory Burch Foundation was started in 2009 to empower women entrepreneurs through microfinance and mentorship. TBF invests in the success and sustainability of women-owned businesses and provides women and girls with the information and tools needed to achieve their aspirations as entrepreneurs and leaders.

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Tom Ford

Celebs gathered at the TOM FORD boutique in Beverly Hills, California this past weekend for designer Ford‘s cocktail event in support of Project Angel Food–which is an organization that provides meals for people homebound or disabled by HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses.

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The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation is a private family foundation which provides philanthropic support to various 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.   The primary recipients of the Foundation’s support are orgs that support Community Building, Education, Human Rights, Arts, Health and the Environment.

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John Travolta and Donna Karan

The Urban Zen Foundation works to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, preserving cultures and empowering children in mind body and spirit. The org designs forums, partners with existing organizations and brings together experts to define solutions and implement action.

Janet Jackson and Heidi Klum Kick Off Fashion Week at amfAR Gala 2013

amfAR held its annual New York Gala last night to honor the Chairman of the Board of amfAR, designer Kenneth Cole, legendary performer and amfAR Ambassador Janet Jackson, and supermodel Heidi Klum, for their exceptional contributions to the global struggle against HIV/AIDS. The black tie benefit was held at Cipriani Wall Street, and featured a special performance by Grammy-winning recording artist CeeLo Green.

The Gala was also the official launch to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, marking the start of the Fall 2013 Collections at Lincoln Center, February 7-14. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony to kick things off.

Mr. Cole’s contributions to amfAR and the fight against AIDS are innumerable. He has served on amfAR’s Board of Trustees for more than 25 years, becoming chairman in 2004. Mr. Cole was one of the first public figures to speak out about the issue of AIDS, and through his company, Kenneth Cole Productions, he has created powerful public awareness campaigns to combat HIV-related stigma and complacency about the AIDS epidemic.

Janet+Jackson+amfAR-main via that grape juiceJanet Jackson has been involved with amfAR for the past 15 years.  In 1997 she donated all the proceeds of her hit single “Together Again” to the Foundation, and as an amfAR Ambassador, she has chaired many of amfAR’s most important benefit events, using her visibility as a musical icon to help improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS around the globe. Read The Rest